The Epidemic Of Date Rape: Precautions To Take

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These precautions are a must, ladies. Fortunately, there is increasing awareness in people about the subject now more than ever before.

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Rape, including date rape, has reached global epidemic levels. Women as well as men are victims of sexual assault. 

Here are three major things that can keep you safe.

Drug Detecting Tools and Apparatus:

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Rape drugs like Rohypnol or "roofies," and GHB, aka "liquid X," are commonly and cunningly used by assaulters and rapists at parties as well as on dates. They work as tranquilizers causing muscle weakness, fatigue, loss of motor coordination and judgment, and even amnesia that can last up to 24 hours.

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However, on the brighter side, a lot of tools recently making their way into the market can detect drugs in drinks. A recent example is the nail color invented by a group of students. When dipped in a drink it changes color if it has been altered with any rape drug. There are also smart cups, straws and coasters that serve the same purpose.

Arming Yourself:

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Carrying knives and guns can be counter-productive and prove extremely harmful. However, a stun gun or a mace spray can serve the purpose of security and self defense. Don’t be afraid to use these if someone is attacking you or getting too personal and not backing off. In case you have neither, use anything that comes in hand -- a drink, a glass or plate and use it as a weapon. It will not hurt them or stop them, but will give you enough time to escape.

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Playing It Smartly:
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No matter how many tools and equipment you carry with yourself, your first and most trustworthy weapon is yourself; use your brain as well as your gut.

Here are some things to be practiced religiously while out on a date or partying:

  • Do not go to secluded locations with people you are meeting for the first time. Do not invite them to your house as well. Keep a cautious eye while out with people you don’t know. Trust your instincts. If you feel something is not right, check it out or leave.
  • At a party it’s always good to have people you know and trust around to keep an eye on you as well as check on anything that seems fishy and vice versa.
  • Drink with responsibility. It pays to keep a check on your drinking. Limit yourself to one or two drinks or only as many as you realistically know you can handle without clouding your brain. Keep your eye on every beverage you drink and avoid drinking from a glass or container that has been away from your sight even for a few minutes.
  • Set out the rules and limits early on and make sure your partner knows the limits have to be respected at all costs.
  • Let at least one of your close friends and family know where you will be and with whom.
  • Keep emergency numbers, including that of a reliable cab service handy.

It may sound like doing all of the above may take the fun out of a party. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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